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The Knight of the Burning Pestle 

11 December 2014 - 11 January 2015 

Written by
Francis Beaumont

£10 standing
£25 - £45 seats
£60 premium tickets

Running Time 
3 hours 
Performances will include two short interludes and a main interval


Adele Thomas

Designed by
Hannah Clark

Composed by
Nigel Hess


Giles Cooper 

Paul Brendan

Phil Daniels

Jolyon Coy

Louise Ford

Samuel Hargreaves 

Dennis Herdman 

Pauline McLynn
Citizen's Wife 

Hannah McPake 
Mistress Merrythought 

Matthew Needham 

Dean Nolan 

Paul Rider 
Old Merrythought 

David Tarkenter 

Dickon Tyrrell

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Please note: this production has now closed.

The Knight of the Burning Pestle is back!

Enjoy a festive treat with a difference as Pauline McLynn and Phil Daniels return to fuel the mayhem in this critically-acclaimed madcap meta-romp. Set under the glorious candlelight of the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, the mince pies and mulled wine are on standby for a night of heckling, pratfalls and non-stop silliness in Francis Beaumont’s mashed-up, mixed-up screwball comedy.

Running not one but two plays within-the-play simultaneously, The Knight of the Burning Pestle combines wicked humour with charming songs and a cast of hilarious London characters in one of the earliest comedies to hit the English stage. After delighting audiences and critics alike, this riotous production returns for a strictly limited Christmas run. 

Reviews of the 2014 production

'Delightful... there are frolics aplenty'
Evening Standard

'Lively performances all round... a meta-theatrical romp. Boisterous performances from Phil Daniels and Pauline McLynn'
The Guardian

'The experience is an energising one'
The Telegraph

'Non-stop silliness'

'The anarchic action spills all over the intimate, candlelit playhouse'
The Independent

'There are fights and pratfalls that put the action literally into the audience's lap'
The Times

'A sardonic love-letter to London and its theatre'
The Spectator

'Phil Daniels and Pauline McLynn prove excellent as the trouble making Citizen and his spouse'

'Adele Thomas’s production is awash with funny moments'
Time Out

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